Critic Review - Salon.com

Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (9)
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Jon Melhem

Jon Melhem

You found it boring because you don't know you're history. Its people like you who are ignorant, and don't deserve to be watching movies like this.

Sep 1 - 02:45 AM

David D.

David D

Knowledge of history doesnt come into it, it's about fully developing the characters depicted...which this film fails to do.

Sep 15 - 01:21 PM

Jorge Gamez

Jorge Gamez

The two main characters (Orlando Bloom and the queen) are developed terrifically. Each one undergoes a revelation.

Jan 28 - 10:06 PM

Michael P.

Michael Perry

stephanie said 'since we barely know what's at stake' refering to Jersualem. One can only assume that she is indeed ignorant and lacks a basic understanding of history. So David clearly it is about history.

Personally i don't think you do need to know your history..to know that it is a war of religions at a place sacred to both sides. So i am rather baffled by Stephanie not being able to understand it.

Apr 19 - 06:15 PM

Michael P.

Michael Perry

because the movie explains all this anwyay.

Apr 19 - 06:16 PM

D B.

D Brown

uh. you never heard of the crusades? duh.

Sep 20 - 06:47 PM

Forrest Crain

Forrest Crain

You "Top" critics baffle me. Sometimes I honestly think you try to make yourselves look ignorant. First off, you don't need to understand the historical aspects of this movie (all though you should due to the fact that it's an important part of humanity) to appreciate the incredible cinematography, filmography, and shots that were displayed in this film. Story is only half of a movie, the actually way its shown is just as important. BTW if you watch the directors cut of the intended screenplay the movie's story is much better and almost totally changed. This is Scott's finest film.

Nov 28 - 07:38 PM

Jorge Gamez

Jorge Gamez

"top critic"? One of the primary themes of this movie centers around the question of "what's at stake?". The conflicts in Kingdom of Heaven were DESIGNED to make the viewer question the reasoning behind them. A handful of characters during the final hour even lay that theme out in black and white: The guard captain states he first thought they were fighting for God, then he realized they were fighting for wealth, and realized the whole conflict was corrupt. Balian speaks to the defenders of the city, saying the only thing of importance is to keep it's people safe. Asked what Jerusalem is worth, Saladin answers "Nothing. ...Everything."

Jan 28 - 09:56 PM

Elaine Heitman

Elaine Heitman

spend less time on your cell phone, chatting with the girls, and learn a little history if you plan to review historical movies. Just shows that today , with the internet, any idiot can have an opinion on anything. Please keep your reviews to "date night" flicks!

Jun 8 - 08:18 AM

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